Gary Robert Ciminello peacefully departed from this world on September 16, 2023, at his beloved home near Selma, Oregon. Gary's life was one marked by adventure, love, and an unwavering spirit.
Born on August 12, 1954, in Columbus, Ohio, Gary embarked on a remarkable journey through life. He was a proud graduate of Westerville High School, Class of 1972, and went on to attend Capital University from 1972 to 1974, where he began crafting the foundations of a life defined by exploration and connection.
Gary was preceded in death by his sister, Kathy Ciminello Stickel, his mother, Marjory Ciminello, his father, Robert Ciminello, his wife, Rebecca DeFalco, and his nephew, Nathan Stickel. He leaves behind a legacy of love, loyalty, and adventure that will be cherished forever.
He is survived by his son, Raffaele (Molly) Ciminello, and his adored grandsons, Angelo, Augustus, and Silvio Ciminello. Gary's loving partner, Chris Hansen, stood by his side throughout his journey, providing unwavering love and support.
Gary's life was an odyssey through the American West and Southwest, often on horseback, as he embraced the beauty of the land, he so cherished. After college, he made homes in Crested Butte, Colorado, and Cave Creek, Arizona, before finally settling in his beautiful Davis Creek Hollow ranch in Southern Oregon.
Gary had an outstanding high school wrestling career, including an Ohio state tournament run, and team MVP award his senior year. He continued his wrestling career in Cave Creek, coaching son Raffaele and his middle-school teammates. Gary was loved as a positive influence in wrestling and the lives of many young men.
In the 1980’s, Gary and Rebecca co-founded DeCio Pasta in Cave Creek, AZ, providing incredible hand-made, Sonoran Desert air-dried pastas for restaurants and specialty grocers. DeCio gained a national following and garnered many food supplier and entrepreneur awards.
Music was a lifelong passion for Gary, and he shared this love with family and friends until his final days. His spirit soared like "the last lonely eagle," as he found solace and inspiration in the vast landscapes he roamed.
Gary will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His indomitable spirit, love for life, and sense of adventure will forever be remembered as we honor his memory.
In the words of NRPS’ John Dawson, “Take a last flyin’ look at the last lonely eagle, he’s soaring the length of the land. Shed a tear for the fate of the last lonely eagle, for you know that he never will land.”
… and we know that he never truly landed, but instead will soar eternally in the hearts and memories of those he touched.
In his last peaceful days, Gary hosted a living wake for family and friends at his Southern Oregon home, and asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation in his honor to the Mustang Heritage Foundation is welcome.